Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Honourable Lana Popham

Honourable Lana Popham

Lana Popham was elected MLA for Saanich South in 2009, and re-elected in 2013, 2017 and 2020. She served as the minister of agriculture, food and fisheries from 2017-22. In this role, Lana oversaw the expansion of Grow BC, Feed BC and Buy BC programs, encouraged increased Indigenous participation in the agriculture and food sectors, and supported recovery for our farmers and ranchers during the devastating floods of 2021.

As a member of the Opposition, Lana served as the official Opposition spokesperson for agriculture and food, and small business and as the official Opposition critic for tourism, arts and culture.

Lana was raised on Quadra Island in a do-it-yourself community and has travelled extensively throughout B.C.

Her interest in urban planning led her to UBC where she graduated with a degree in geography.

In 1996, Lana made her home in Saanich South. She co-founded and operated Barking Dog Vineyard, the first certified organic vineyard on Vancouver Island. With her passionate leadership on the Buy BC campaign, Lana worked tirelessly to support the many people working within the province’s food and wine industry, bringing a consumer and culinary focus to everything B.C.

Lana served on Saanich’s Planning, Transportation and Economic Development Committee and on the Peninsula Agricultural Commission and was a member of the Investment Agriculture board.

As the MLA for Saanich South, Lana has spearheaded successful initiatives, such as safety improvements to the intersection of Pat Bay Highway and Sayward Road, and cleaning up Elk and Beaver Lakes water quality.

Lana is an avid supporter of the arts, culture and sports and can frequently be found taking in a live concert, attending a Victoria Royals hockey game and walking and kayaking in Cordova Bay.

Lana lives with her partner, Dr. Robert Sealey in Saanich South.


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